RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME

ESSENTIAL OILS

Roman Chamomile. Helps reduce muscle spasms; fights anxiety and depression; helps fight insomnia.

Cedarwood and Cypress. Contain anti- spasmodic properties; work as calming and soothing agents.

Helichrysum. Supports the neurological system; anti- spasmodic.

Marjoram. May assist in relieving muscle aches and spasm.

Research
Roman chamomile contains coumarin, which has been shown to reverse inflammatory pain and shows promise for pharmaceutical and medicinal applications such as pain therapy.

Home Remedy
RLS Bath Soak. Add 5 to 10 drops each of cedarwood, Roman chamomile and helichrysum oils to a warm-water bath. For additional relief, rub 2 to 3 drops each of these oils mixed with a carrier oil onto your legs and cover with a warm compress for 10 minutes before bed.

Background
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition characterized by a nearly irresistible urge to move the legs. The most distinctive aspect of the condition is that lying down and trying to relax activates the symptoms, which include throbbing, pulling, creeping or other unpleasant sensations
in the legs. The sensations can be irritating and painful, and moving the legs helps to relieve the discomfort. Most people with RLS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. When left untreated, RLS can lead to sleep deprivation and affect a person’s ability to concentrate and complete daily tasks. This may also lead to depression and impaired memory. As many as 10 percent of the U.S. population may have RLS, and childhood RLS is estimated to affect almost 1 million children. The most common treatments for RLS are dopamine-related medications, even though long- term use can actually worsen symptoms in many individuals.

Suggested Supplements

» Magnesium. Relaxes muscles and nerves and is scientifically linked with improved sleep.188

» Multivitamin. Several deficiencies (iron, vitamin D and B-vitamins) can contribute to restless legs syndrome.